The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

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by Roger Penrose
     
 

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For many decades, the proponents of 'artificial intelligence' have maintained that computers will soon be able to do everything that a human can do. In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating roller-coaster ride through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can

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For many decades, the proponents of 'artificial intelligence' have maintained that computers will soon be able to do everything that a human can do. In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating roller-coaster ride through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine.

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"The testament of a brilliant man wrestling desperately—and unashamedly—with the deepest problems of metaphysics —Nature

"Penrose embarks on a sweeping survey of black holes, cosmology and thermodynamics in search of further support. The reader is treated to a tour of much of modern physics before being brought back to the central thesis: that minds must be taken seriously." —Observer

"A pedagogical tour de force, with some dazzling new ways of illuminating the central themes of science." —Times Literary Supplement

"Penrose takes us on perhaps the most engaging and creative tour of modern physics that has ever been written....the reader might feel privileged indeed to accompany Penrose on his magical mystery tour." —Sunday Times

"Will be universally cited by strong AI opponents as the definitive refutation of strong AI....An excellent introduction to the ideas which are involved in the strong AI hypothesis." —Physics World

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ISBN-13:
9780191506413
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
03/04/1999
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512,936
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Meet the Author

Sir Roger Penrose is Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford. He is the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for Physics which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their joint contribution to our understanding of the universe. His other books are Spinors and Space Time: Vol 1: Two-Spinor Calculus and Relativistic Fields (CUP, 1987); Vol 2: Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time Geometry (both with Wolfgang Rindler, CUP, 1986), Shadows of the Mind (OUP, 1994), The Nature of Space and Time (with Stephen Hawking, Princeton University Press, 1996), and The Large, the Small and the Human Mind (CUP, 1997).

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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A panoramic view of the works of one of the finest minds in the business. A book spanning a lifetime's worth of work, still in the works. Few would disagree if I say that Roger Penrose is one of the greatest mathematicians/physicists of our times. In this book, Penrose explores a paradoxical, incomplete, non-halting, finite-indefinite, non-periodic, entropic, incomprehensible, recursive, non-unified, indeterministic, self-refential Universe. You get my point, don't you? Penrose, stating the very basic facts, explains how the students of the Strong-AI school of thought don't have much hope. This book, a layman's version of his life-long research reflects the work of genius making a statement that one cannot write a computer program that can do the job of a mathematician (without sounding like someone whose job is threatened by a computer). Conciousness, intelligence and writing poetry are beyond the realm of a computer. Not a casual reading book at all, but a must read. If you think Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' was awesome, this book is super-awesome!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is simply amazing. I picked it up from my school library when looking for some quality reading, and I was enthralled by Penrose's simple to understand, yet extremely in depth analysis of Consciousness, Computers, Quantum Theory and many other subjects. A definite read!
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Minh_from_Helotes More than 1 year ago
A mixture of science, philosophy, thought provoking theses, all exposed logically and in a compelling progression. Even if you disagree, you will learn a bunch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is well deserving of a five star rating simply because of the author's ability to convey a vast number of complex concepts in a clear and enthusiastic manner. The problem is that these concepts are, at times, weakly or tangentially tied to his central thesis, i.e., the Emperor's New Mind is more than a high powered abacus.